Changes at Resurrection Ale House

resurrection squareResurrection Ale House has said goodbye to chef Rhett Vellner who has left the Grays Ferry Avenue beer bar for some time off on his own out West. The new chef will be T.J. Murphy, who has worked at Resurrection in the past.

The menu has been tweaked (falafel burger) but rest assured, the fried chicken remains.

Resurrection is also now closed on Mondays. But what gets taken away is giveth. Sunday night now comes with a happy hour from 6 to 10 p.m. featuring $4 American drafts.

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Where We’re Eating: Resurrection Ale House


It’s always a nervous time when a longtime chef leaves a neighborhood favorite. That was the situation at Resurrection Ale House when original chef Joe Chmiko left for New York after nearly three years at the Graduate Hospital neighborhood restaurant. But his replacement, Rhett Vellner, has done more than just stay the course. His calamari isn’t the throwaway dish found at so many lesser restaurants, but an intriguing dish of fried polenta and stewed tomatoes. The quinoa and duck confit play well together, revealing more flavor with every bite. Gone are the days of diners getting annoyed each time a dish disappeared from the menu, because now it’s just excitement over what’s coming next. Well, that and relief over knowing that the award-winning fried chicken isn’t going anywhere.

Resurrection Ale House
2425 Grays Ferry Avenue

First appeared in the April 2013 edition of Philadelphia magazine

Resurrection Ale House Rolls Out New Menu Tonight


There once was a time when changes to Resurrection Ale House’s menu were met with dread. Inevitably our favorite dish would disapear and let’s not get started about the time they removed the fried chicken. But that was then and this is now. Now, we look forward to what new menu items will be coming out of Rhett Vellner’s, kitchen. And with this spring menu, we’re seeing asparagus, strawberries, English peas and a meatball sandwich. A meatball sandwich may not say spring but the last time Resurrection was serving a meatball sandwich, it was exemplary.

New menu starts tonight, so check it out before it changes again.

Spring menu at Resurrection »

New Chef for Resurrection Ale House

Fear not, the fried chicken will not be lost.

Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft are bringing in their first executive chef at Local 44 this fall and that isn’t the only chef news coming from the couple behind Local 44, Memphis Taproom and Resurrection Ale House.

Resurrection’s chef Joe Chmiko is moving to New York City and Rhett Vellner, already on the staff at the Graduate Hospital bar and restaurant is stepping in as executive chef.

As Vellner adjusts to his new role, the menu will feature some of Resurrection’s favorite dishes including Philadelphia magazine’s Best of Philly 2011 pork sandwich.

Then on Wednesday, September 26th, Resurrection will be celebrating its third anniversary with complimentary samples from the new menu and an impressive special Allagash tap takeover list, including:

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